Different Categories of Mobile Applications

Which one will best suit your business?

Mobility has become the center of operations for all industries as well as for different genres of professional organizations. This has subsequently increased demand for mobile based applications which are self-contained programs used to enhance existing functionality in a simple and user-friendly approach. Besides mobile apps take a different strategy when compared to software tools that are normally installed on PCs.  Traditionally, software applications installed on computers and laptops serve generic purposes. Examples are Media Players, Internet Browsers and office suite of products (Microsoft Office). 

Instead, each mobile app provides a limited and isolated functionality such as a game, calculator or mobile web browser.  Customized mobile apps can be developed to suit the unique activities of each business. For example a mobile app can be developed for a business’ specific product or service, or a mobile app can be developed to reach the target audience of the business. However, the idea of a mobile application cannot be limited to a single software variant.

Mobile applications are classified on the basis of the technologies used to create them and the platforms that they are capable of running on. All mobile applications can be broadly classified into three categories:

Native Apps are applications that have been developed for use on a particular platform or device. A native mobile app uses specific programming language for each mobile platform. Examples are Objective C for iOS and Java for Android operating systems. In addition, users can use some apps without  internet connection. Businesses and government departments use native mobile apps for their internal activities. These applications cannot be used on any device that is outside the control of its administrators. Native apps can be purchased from app stores or from the mother company’s website.

Web Apps are stored on a remote server and can be accessed online with a browser. Web apps are not real applications. They are websites with several functionalities and are meant to satisfy the requirements of a specific company, department, or organization.  Users first access them as they would access any web page. They navigate to a special URL to access the web app. Web apps can also be developed on content management systems.

Hybrid Apps are comprised of aspects from both native and web apps. Just as native apps, they are available in app stores and can take advantage of the available device features. Hybrid apps are popular because they permit cross-platform development and thus significantly reducing development costs. The same HTML code components that were used to develop hybrid apps can be reused on different mobile operating systems.

So which one will best suit your business or organization? Before selecting  which application is most beneficial for your company, thorough research should be conducted. Determining your existing resources, plans for growth in mobile commerce as well as your preferred percentage of investment will aid in making this decision. Contact SGS Technologie and we will give you an accurate report on what is missing and what can be done to assess your firm’s need for mobile applications.